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NASA, ISRO to collaborate to develop satellite

BANGALORE, India, July 31 — Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) building a satellite in collaboration with the United States' NASA will be a reality in near future, if everything works as planned.

A top ISRO official said here that both agencies are in a dialogue on jointly building a satellite for the first time.

"Now, there is a feasibility study going on whether we can jointly make a satellite, with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) payloads working on two frequency bands – L-band and S-band," Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) K Radhakrishnan told Press Trust of India (PTI) here.

Charles F Bolden Jr., Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of United States, visited the Space Applications Center (SAC) of ISRO in Ahmedabad on June 25, ISRO sources said.

He had a meeting with Radhakrishnan, also Secretary, Department of Space, along with senior officials of ISRO to discuss the ongoing cooperative activities between ISRO and NASA and also the potential areas of future cooperation, they added.

"Both organizations are coming together and saying let's develop it together..use your strength, use my strength. That's a good way of working", Radhakrishnan said.

He said NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory would make the radar system "if it (in case of NASA, ISRO deciding to work together on the mission) is getting through".

On ISRO's role, he said: "We will be working together. Some will be built by us, some will be built by them. So, this (work-sharing) has to be finalized", adding, data generated by the mission would be used by both ISRO and NASA. (PNA/Bernama)

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